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Paradise Part II
A man struggled to put on a shirt with no neck hole.
A man struggled to put on a shirt with no neck hole.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the second part of "Paradise."

They came upon another house. A man struggled to put on a shirt. His arms were through the sleeves, but his head was stuck. There was no hole for his head.

"Howdy," Tom said. "My name is Tom. I live down the road at a place called Paradise. Do you need help?"

"Yes, I do," the man said. "I want to wear this shirt. But I can't get it over my head. I would give two hundred dollars to wear this shirt."

"You want to wear this shirt?" Tom asked. He asked the man for a pair of scissors. He snipped a hole in the top.

"Now you have a neck hole," Tom said.

"I wanted to make a neck hole," the man said. "I was afraid it would be too much work. Thank you!"

He handed Tom two hundred dollars.

Tom put the money in his pocket. He set off down the road carrying Madge under his arm.

They came upon another house. A woman was crying into a handkerchief.

The woman gave Tom three hundred dollars to take to her husband in Paradise.
The woman gave Tom three hundred dollars to take to her husband in Paradise.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

"Howdy," Tom said. "My name is Tom. I live down the road at a place called Paradise. Do you need help?"

"You're from Paradise?" the woman asked.

"Yes, I am," Tom said.

"You are just the man I wanted to see," the woman said. "I'd give three hundred dollars for a new suit."

"A new suit?" Tom asked. "Go to town and buy one."

"It's not that simple," she said. "My husband died and we buried him in his work clothes. I wanted him to have a nice suit, but I was afraid it would be too much work.

But I don't want him wearing work clothes in Paradise. You're from Paradise. Could you give him this money to buy a new suit?"

The woman handed Tom three hundred dollars.

Tom put the money in his pocket. He set off down the road carrying Madge under his arm.

Tom, Lucy, and Madge truly lived in Paradise.
Tom, Lucy, and Madge truly lived in Paradise.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

"Those people were all alike," he thought. "They were all silly. They were all afraid of work. Now I have enough money for corn seed, and enough to live on for years. I don't even have to sell Madge!"

Tom arrived home with money in his pocket, a chicken, and a wife he loved. This was Paradise!

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